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Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant


Prices vary from $6.99 to $9.99
Fresh turnover stuffed with your choice of either beef, chicken or cheese
Papa Serrana
Perfectly cooked baby potatoes sautéed with Ecuadorian style chicharron, green onions and cilantro, tossed with mozzarella cheese.
Picadillo de Hornado
Roasted, lean and tender pulled pork served with potato patties, white corn, fava beans and ensalada criolla.
Tortilla de Yuca
Delicious yucca patty stuffed with cheese, topped with ensalada criolla.
Tortilla de Verde con Ensalada Criolla
Savory plantain patty stuffed with perfectly seasoned beef and vegetables, topped with ensalada criolla.
Potato patties stuffed with cheese, topped with warm peanut sauce (contains peanuts).
Patacones con Queso
Fried green plantain served with a slice of fresh cheese
Prices vary from $8.99 to $11.99
Sandwich de Hornado
Oven roasted pulled pork served on a toasted ciabatta bun with mayo, lettuce and ensalada criolla, accompanied by a side of fries
Sandwich de Bistec
Ecuadorian-style *steak served on a toasted ciabatta bun with mayo, sliced tomatoes, avocado and crisp lettuce, accompanied by a side of fries.
Sandwich de Pollo Asado
Grilled, marinated chicken breast, served on a toasted ciabatta bun with mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onions, accompanied by a side of fries.
Sandwich de Tilapia
Lightly breaded tilapia fillet, pan-fried to perfection, served on a ciabatta bun topped with shrimp ceviche, lettuce and avocado, accompanied by a side of fries
Prices vary from $10.99 to $16.99
Camarones al Ajillo
Large shrimp sautéed with hot peppers, simmered in a house special sauce, served with steamed white rice, lettuce, slices of tomato and patacones.
Arroz Marinero
A medley of shrimp, crab legs, clams, mussels, and vegetables, cooked then tossed with yellow rice and garnished with slices of fried ripe plantain.
Camarones Apanados
Large shrimp, lightly breaded and fried, served with lentil rice, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, avocado and fried ripe plantain.
Arroz con Camarones
Shrimp and vegetables tossed with yellow rice, garnished with slices of fried ripe plantain.
Tilapia Frita
Flavorful tilapia lightly breaded then pan-fried golden, served with lentil rice, lettuce, patacones, avocado and ensalada criolla.
Ceviche de Pescado
Fresh fish marinated in lime juice, served with onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and cilantro, accompanied by a side of patacones and steamed white rice.
Ceviche de Camaron
Succulent cooked shrimp served with tomatoes, onions and green peppers tossed in a savory citrus-based juice, garnished with toasted corn, served with a side of patacones and steamed white rice.
Ceviche Mixto
A mouthwatering combination of cooked shrimp, fresh fish, and clams, served with tomatoes, onions and green peppers, tossed in a citrus-based juice garnished with toasted corn, accompanied by a side of patacones and steamed white rice.
Prices vary from $9.99 to $24.99 * Indicates items may be cooked to order *Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.
Carne Asada
Grilled *steak served with steamed white rice, lentil menestra, patacones and ensalada criolla.
Costillas a la Brasa
Tender and succulent spareribs, infused with traditional Ecuadorian flavors, slow cooked, finished a la brasa, served with steamed white rice, ensalada criolla, lentil menestra and sweet ripe plaintains.
Grilled *steak served with steamed white rice, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, avocado, bean menestra, fried egg and slices of fried ripe plantain.
Hornado con Mote
Slow roasted marinated pulled pork, served with white corn, steamed white rice, delicious potato patty and ensalada criolla.
Arroz con Pollo
Rice mixed with a medley of pulled chicken and vegetables, served with slices of fried ripe plantain.
Lomo Saltado
Beef strips, Green peppers, onions and tomatoes sautéed with a signature sauce, mixed with fries, served with steamed white rice, lettuce, avocado, and slices of fried ripe plantain.
Fritada con Mote
Marinated pork tips served with white corn, steamed white rice, bean menestra, slices of fried ripe plantain and ensalada criolla.
Bistec de Carne
Ecuadorian style *steak served with steamed white rice, lettuce, patacones and slices of avocado.
For the adventurous: traditional beef tripe stew simmered in our signature mani sauce with diced vegetables and potatoes, served with steamed white rice, sliced avocado and sweet ripe plantains
Seco de Pollo
Chicken stewed with vegetables, served with yellow rice, lettuce, and slices of fried ripe plantain.
Prices vary from $2.50 to $3.00
Menestra (beans or lentils)
Fried Ripe Plantains
Ensalada Criolla
Prices vary from $4.99 to $6.99
Smooth and silky flan topped with delicious caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Coconut Fried Banana with Ice Cream
Perfectly ripened banana strips dipped in our own delicious, sweetened coconut breading, fried to a crunchy golden brown and accompanied by creamy vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate syrup, garnished with a fresh strawberry… It’s delicious.
Arroz con leche
You must try our savory sweet, warm spiced rice pudding… Just like mom used to make
ALL KID MEALS ARE $5.99 (For kids under 12 only please)
Hornado with Rice & Beans
Arroz con Pollo
Chicken Tenders with Fries
Cheeseburger with Fries
In March 2011 "Mi Patria" opened becoming the first and only Ecuadorian restaurant in Des Moines. Owner Cesar Miranda (Ecuadorian) with more than fifteen years of experience in the restaurant business, accomplished his dream by bringing the aromas and flavors of his country to Des Moines. A customer of the restaurant stated, "I never imagined finding an Ecuadorian restaurant in Iowa". This gives us an idea of the challenges Cesar Miranda encountered. Before opening the restaurant, Cesar and his wife Delilah exploited every opportunity to prepare, serve and sell their dishes in the different festivals and fairs in the area. They attended World Food Festivals for over four years in Des Moines.
USD 20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Latin, Ecuadorean
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dinner was great, it always is. The service is excellent also. Very casual and comfortable environment Highly recommend

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank cathye353
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit was for supper, order the Costillas a la Brasa. The spareribs had a wonderfully smoky flavor. Didn't have to fight sauce to get the meat flavor. Not a fan of white rice, but mixing the rice with the lentil menestra. Was a meal...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Tina C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A special treat. Like soul food with a Latin flair. Great service. Terrific food that m as kids it hard not to overindulge!

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank robertwH8972BZ
Reviewed 30 November 2018 via mobile

I’ve been wanting to try Mi Patria for awhile and finally made it for lunch. The food was delicious and the portion was huge. The service was top notch. Our waitress asked if we’d been before and when we said it was our first time...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank brietzke
Reviewed 19 November 2018

Idid not know until our server Miguel told us, that Ecuadorian's do not like the spices. NTL, this food is delicious. I live in the Council Bluffs metro and there used to be a Chilean restaurant, which Patria is reminiscent of. We sat at the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank xp1618
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Don't let the strip mall exterior fool you. Inside you will find some of the most amazing food and service that goes above and beyond. No matter how busy the place is the servers always take time to help with any questions and educate people...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank StephP1901
Reviewed 4 November 2018

My daughters and I enjoy experiencing foods from around the world and this was great. The meal choices were all very high in protein, very flavorful, and very unique. The prices were great and we even had room to share a flan between the three...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Todd D
Reviewed 6 October 2018

This was our first visit to an Ecuadorian restaurant. We shared the dinner for to which is a meal of 3 different meats and several other items for $25. The food was excellent. Service and prices were excellent.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank cppptravel11125
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

What Alena doesn't say is that Carmen's Cuban Cafe and Lounge is in Morrisville, North Carolina come on get real.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ken0224
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We have been to Mi Patria several times, eat-in once and otherwise, take-out. Excellent and consistently delicious every time! Our Son and Daughter-In-Law are Vegans, and they accommodate for them perfectly, so we can all enjoy dinner together. We LOVE the dinner for two---the two...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank arnoldrkaa
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10 April 2016|
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Response from MichaelA804 | Reviewed this property |
That may be correct. I would not think an Ecuadorian restaurant would be required to serve only Ecuadorian originated dishes.
16 November 2015|
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Response from MichaelA804 | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't expect a problem, but it is a good idea, none the less, to have a table.
19 July 2015|
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Response from M M | Reviewed this property |
They have a small wine & beer selection. As is typical of many small restaurant owners, they often carry lower-end, less expensive, well-known selections. It would be a boon to business and customer dining experience to have... More
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